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Paul's Restaurant Review: Paul Albrecht, the “Paul” of the now-closed Pano’s & Paul’s, launched his own self-named venture in 2005. Some of the dishes present a distinctive twist on classics, such as the humorous touch of a "surf-and-turf" take on sushi nigiri, with a lightly seared strip of filet girdling the roll. Bedecked with a brandy foam, the aromatic and medium-bodied lobster bisque makes a fine starter. The old P & P batter-fried cold water lobster tail here comes dressed with jícama slaw, honey mustard and drawn butter, available as both an appetizer and as a main course. A few steaks and lamb and game plates constitute a substantial number of grilled options. Desserts won’t knock your socks off, so opt for a traditional vanilla crème brûlée. The wine list seems to have been pared down and modified to include “safe” selections; specials running Monday through Thursday offer some attractive incentives, such as Monday’s half price on bottles of wine. Thanks to the ability to hear table conversation, Paul’s works for both romance and business purposes.